DNREC Seeks Nominations for Young Environmentalist of the Year 2024

Governors Day at 2022 Delaware State Fair DNREC BuildingDNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin congratulates recent Youth Environmentalist elementary honoree Ty Le Marchand with Governor John Carney and Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. /Submitted Image, DNREC photo.

DOVER, DE — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is on the lookout for young champions of the environment. With its annual Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards, DNREC aims to honor students who are making significant contributions to environmental conservation and advocacy.

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin voiced his support for the initiative, highlighting the crucial role young individuals play in safeguarding the future of Delaware’s natural landscapes and the planet at large. “These young people are stepping forward to make a difference for the environment in meaningful ways,” he stated, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and supporting their efforts.

The awards program is open to students across three educational categories: elementary (grades 1 to 4), middle school (grades 5 to 8), and high school (grades 9 to 12). Each winning environmental advocate will be celebrated with a certificate, a gift card, and a prize pack as a token of appreciation for their dedication to environmental causes.

Now in its 31st year, the Young Environmentalists program shines a light on students who have spearheaded innovative projects, raised public awareness, or shown exceptional commitment to environmental stewardship. Projects eligible for nomination should have been undertaken between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

An award ceremony honoring the winners is planned for Governor’s Day on July 25, during the Delaware State Fair, where details about the celebration will be shared closer to the date.

DNREC encourages teachers, family members, club leaders, and peers to nominate students who stand out for their environmental initiatives. The nomination process, which runs through June 28, 2024, is a chance for the community to acknowledge the impactful work being done by the younger generation. Interested parties can find more information and access the nomination form on the DNREC website.

This call for nominations represents an opportunity for Delaware’s youth to be recognized for their hard work and innovation in protecting the environment, reinforcing the message that every effort counts in the mission to ensure a sustainable future.

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